Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Iran nuclear deal should be preserved despite U.S. withdrawal: Russian FM

Iran nuclear deal should be preserved despite U.S. withdrawal: Russian FM

He said it "makes the world safer".

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday expressed his "deep concern" over Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 deal.

"We also talked about the Skripal case", he said.

The White House has said that President Donald Trump was preparing to impose new sanctions on Tehran, perhaps as early as next week, but gave no details.

Trump said, referring to information obtained by Israeli intelligence service "Mossad" and presented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that conclusively proven the fact of the deception by the Iran of the global community and Iran's quest to possess nuclear weapons. Yet, neither Netanyahu nor Trump has proposed an alternative agreement in the event that the current deal is scrapped, reported DW.

In a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the Europeans and the five other signatories "should now work to decide and transparently announce the measures they plan to take in order to make up for the USA exit from the JCPOA". "In that case, getting rid of America's mischievous presence will be fine for Iran".

"We are determined to save this deal because this accord safeguards against nuclear proliferation and is the right way to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon", Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Berlin.

The 2015 agreement, worked out by the USA, five other world powers and Iran, lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear programme.

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